Initial results of public survey show two-thirds of participants back council rise tax in Scarborough

Two-thirds of people who have responded to a Scarborough Council-run consultation have backed a planned rise in council tax.

Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 1:53 pm
Updated Tuesday, 11th February 2020, 2:04 pm

Figures released by the borough authority show that 67% of those who took part in the survey approved of the planned 2.1% rise in the borough’s share of the precept.

The number of people who have responded, however, is very low with just 88 residents taking part so far.

The figures were revealed as the council’s cabinet today moved forward with the authority’s draft budget for the next financial year.

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The borough authority, which makes up around 13% of a resident’s council tax bill, is proposing to increase its share of the precept by £5 a year for a Band D property.

It would bring the total paid to Scarborough Council by borough residents in a Band D property to £239.75 annually.

Once the contributions to North Yorkshire County Council, which makes up 70% of a council tax bill, North Yorkshire Police and Fire Service and the social care precept have been set, a total bill for a Band D property will come to more than £1,900 for the year.

Scarborough Council is looking to make around £3m in savings in the next 12 months.

Cabinet member Cllr Tony Randerson (Lab) said previous council administrations had made a “mistake” in freezing council tax.

He said: “I think it proved to be a false economy as we are now reaping, in inverted commas, the rewards of that and having to play catch up.

“We have a responsibility to our residents to keep providing frontline services and we will continue to do so but it is only on the basis that we have this minimal increase.”

The public consultation on council tax is still ongoing and people can have their say up until February 17 by visiting and filling in the survey.